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How do we refer to Rams players in the past tense? Nick Fairley was with the St. Louis Rams last season, but the team is now in Los Angeles.
Pondering the metaphysical aside, what will Fairley's free agency look like in 2016? If it's anything like it was a year ago, someone is getting a great deal.
For some inexplicable reason, Fairley's phone was silent last offseason. Sure, he had his share of on- and off-field issues, but they paled in comparison to what we've seen from other players, some of whom saw big contracts regardless.
The 6'4", 308-pound lineman had established himself as one of the better defensive tackles in the league, but his own team, the Detroit Lions, didn't want him, and the Rams only signed him to a one-year deal.
He played fairly well, rating 11th best at his position at Pro Football Focus and generally being a pain against the run and pass for opposing offenses. He kept his nose clean, too, which should help him net a multiyear deal.
Still, after last year's puzzling turn of events, Fairley is probably going to be a steal of a deal come March.